Graduation gift

GEC student helps classmate in need
Posted on 08/24/2016
A Goodwill Education Center student recently won a Chromebook laptop in a school raffle. Then she gave it away to a classmate in need.

Britini McDermott, 17, won the computer at Goodwill’s recent end-of-the-year MAVS Golden Ticket raffle, a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports event. Students earn the golden tickets by being Motivated, Accepting responsibility, Valuing respect, and Success (MAVS).

One of the items raffled off was a Chromebook donated by teacher Susan Carter in the name of her late mother, Roberta Carter.

McDermott, a junior, won the laptop and instead of keeping it or selling it, she decided to give it to graduating senior Virgil Solis, 18. McDermott told Goodwill staff that because Solis is going to college next school year, he needed it more than she did.

Solis said the gift was much needed, because he “had a computer my family used, and after so many years it gave up.”

Solis said it would have been tough for the family to afford a new computer.

“When I told my family about it they were really happy,” Solis said.

Both students said they plan to attend Victor Valley College and transfer to four-year universities. They will likely be classmates at VVC after McDermott graduates next year, and they plan to remain friends.
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Photo: Goodwill student Britini McDermott, left, won a Chromebook at Goodwill’s recent end-of-the-year MAVS Golden Ticket raffle. She gave her prize to graduating senior Virgil Solis, right, because he is going to college next year and didn't have a computer of his own. 
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